• Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 9

One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: “I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.”

But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man. Since that fateful night, she’s been plagued by graphomania—an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie’s mind and through her pen don’t seem to make sense—until now.

As the anniversary of Hannah’s vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she’s buried for so long might be her biggest mistake.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 9
Genre Fiction, Young Adult
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 400
Publication Date 2015-04-28
Text Type Fiction—Mystery
BISACS YAF058140, YAF062000, YAF052000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 730
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • ILLINOIS READS List, Long-listed, 2014
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Teens, Winner, 2014



“This is a gripping, psychologically intense mystery.” —VOYA


“Readers will feel unmoored until the last few pages of Oblivion, and that’s all right; so does the story’s narrator, Callie.” —starred, Booklist

Library Media Connection

“[A]n excellent choice for a reader seeking a plot-driven mystery with complex characters.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“An exciting page-turner.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“The story works on two levels: as a psychological mystery and as a story of Callie’s rocky relationships with her sister and boyfriends, always grounding her difficulties in reality.
Thoroughly compelling.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author: Sasha Dawn

Sasha Dawn teaches writing at community colleges and offers pro bono writing workshops to local schools. She lives in her native northern Illinois, where she collects tap shoes, fabric swatches, and tales of survival, and she harbors a crush on Thomas Jefferson. Her debut novel, Oblivion, was an Illinois Reads selection and one of the New York Public Library's best books for teens.